Dawgs get first commitment
Jalen Fields
Recruiting Analyst
Posted Mar 21, 2009

It has taken a little longer than most expected, but the University of Georgia has picked up their first commitment in 2010. One of the top juniors in their home state picked the Dawgs during Junior Day Saturday afternoon. Get the breaking news here.

“I liked it like I thought I would, so I committed to Georgia,” said Jalen Fields. “I thought there was a good chance I would commit at Georgia if I liked it and I did.”

“I really like the coaching staff at Georgia, I have grown up a Bulldog, and I just bleed red and black for Georgia. Athens is only a couple of hours away from home, they have good academics, and I just love them, so I have committed to them.”

Georgia was the first to offer Fields and that offer took place early in February. Since then, Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss, N.C. State, and Tennessee have offered.

He gave other schools thoughts, but in the end Georgia is where he wanted to be.

“It just feels like home to me at Georgia,” he said. “I have grown up watching them on TV, I have watched them every Saturday for a long time, and now I can go play for them. It is like a dream for me. It was a dream come true when they offered and now I am going to be part of the team.”

The second Junior Day in Athens was the biggest by far and the Dawgs got some big news.

The 6-foot-5, 245 pound defensive end out of Dalton (GA) is one of the best in the Peach State and one of the best at his position in the South. As a junior, Fields registered 68 tackles and 10 sacks while playing that position for the first time.

After looking at some of the other schools and taking visits to Alabama and Ole Miss, Fields made his decision.

“I had fun with everything and I took some visits, but I love Georgia. I am solid to them and this is it for me.”

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.

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